North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council
Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami, & Tipton Counties
North Central Region Releases Labor Availability Report
November 7, 2018
With historically low unemployment rates, employers may find it difficult to find available workers to support current operations or expansions. The six-county North Central Indiana region has an abundant labor pool of nearly 17,000 potential workers to fulfill available positions. The report also states the regional economic development partners and Workforce Board offer training programs to skill-up workers and meet the needs of employers.
Walton Stormwater Utility Study Planning Grant Awarded
April 10, 2018
Walton, IN – Indiana Office of Community and Rural Development (OCRA) recently awarded the Town of
Walton a $34,020 Community Development Block Grant to conduct a storm water utility study.
The Town will use the grant to evaluate existing storm water infrastructure, identify community needs
and provide a cost analysis for improvements to the storm water system. This study will develop a
community-wide plan to address high water issues during heavy rain events that cause streets to close
and homes to flood.
On February 12 th , Walton conducted a public hearing for the storm water utility study. Rick Lee the
Town’s utility superintendent stated, “Our goal is to just help alleviate the flooding for the individuals
that get water in their house or basement. That’s our ultimate goal, but in turn not only will getting that
water away will help them, it should help our sewage plant tremendously.”
The Town has 14 months to complete the utility study. Officials in Walton expect to hold a public
hearing in March of 2019 to introduce the draft plan to the public and get community input. North
Central Indiana Regional Planning Council provided grant administration services to assist the Town with
the application which was submitted in late February.
For additional information please contact Walton Town Hall 574-626-2941.
NCIRPC Hosts Agribusiness Forum
December 6, 2017
Kokomo, IN – The North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC) hosted an Agribusiness Forum today on the Indiana University Kokomo campus. The Forum featured Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Ms. Neininger presented information on the economic impact agribusiness has to the six-county region and highlighted the State’s Rural Ag Economic Development Model.
The Agribusiness Forum brought together agribusiness leaders, economic development, workforce and education professionals from Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties.
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The region recently completed a five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and Agribusiness was identified as one of the top strategic focus areas. Steven Ray, NCIRPC Executive Director, stated, “We recognize the value of the ag-sector at the local level. And through the planning process, we identified opportunities to further support our agribusinesses.” Today’s Forum is the critical first to strengthen the
ag-related businesses across the region.
Forums Give Voice to Regional Strengths, Challenges & Opportunities
November 15, 2016
Peru, IN. - Economic development leaders in six counties will be reviewing information provided by public participation last night in Peru as they, with the help of the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC), begin the process of putting together a high-quality plan for regional prosperity.
Forty-three residents of Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton who attended last night’s civic forum collectively identified their strengths, challenges, and opportunities. Cass County Economic Development Director, Christy Householder, stated, “We are very excited with the level of participation from across the region. We identified several initiatives that will be beneficial to our six counties.” A second round of the forum is open for public participation on Monday, Nov. 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Kelley Center at IU Kokomo. Dinner will be served to participants. All residents of these counties are welcome to register online: https://www.pcrd.purdue.edu/blog/set-wants-your-input- rsvp-2016.php by Nov. 18.
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North Central Indiana Rolls Out Workforce Grant
September 29, 2016
KOKOMO, Ind. – Industries from the North Central region of Indiana now have the opportunity to re-skill and up-skill their current employees with the help of a $250,000 federal grant. The North Central Indiana Regional Incumbent Worker Program focuses on providing basic skills education, machining skills training, and maintenance skills training for workers of employers operating within the North Central region (Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties).
Under the grant, training will be provided by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region and the Region 4 Workforce Board.
The Region 4 Workforce Board, through the local WorkOne offices, is offering basic jobs skills training and assessments to assist employers with the hiring, training and development of a highly skilled workforce. This on-line training and assessment tool will help employees build the necessary skills to develop a successful career pathway. There is no charge for companies and employees who meet the eligibility requirements.
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NC Indiana Communities Awarded $6 Million in Grant Funds
August 17, 2016
North Central Indiana communities were awarded $6 million in Community Crossings grant funds to make improvements to the local roads and bridges. The Indiana Department of Transportation announced the awards earlier this week.
North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council assisted the towns of Bunker Hill, Greentown, Kewanna, Onward and Russiaville in completing the required Pavement Asset Management Plan and submitted applications for 8 projects totaling over $400,000.
The local road and bridge matching grant fund was created earlier this by the Indiana General Assembly. The grant program awarded approximately $147 million in funding this year to 322 cities, towns and counties across the State.
Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, resurfacing, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.
A complete list of the cities, towns, and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings program is online at http://www.in.gov/indot/3569.htm.
NCIEDP AND EGR4 TO RECEIVE $2.2 MILLION SKILL UP GRANT
February 17, 2016
Cass County – The North Central Indiana Economic Development Partnership (NCIEDP) has partnered with the Indiana Economic Growth Region 4 (EGR4) to receive a $2.2 million Skill UP Indiana grant from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Governor Mike Pence announced the award today during a ceremony held at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis.
The Skill Up Indiana program will provide up to $11 million in total funding to support regional strategies to address workforce training needs. As a part of the EGR4 twelve-county region, the workforce of the NCIEDP counties (Cass, Clinton, Howard, Miami and Tipton) will have access to ‘work and learn’ career pathway programs to develop the skills and certifications required by the advance manufactures within the region.
The EGR4 application was the result of an industry-led process that engaged a broad-based of regional participants from industries, workforce, economic development, education and non-profits.
“This program is a key piece in meeting the workforce needs of our employers,” stated Christy Householder, NCIEDP Chairman. “Developing the pipeline of future qualified employees will enhance the region’s competitiveness.”
The Skill Up grant will help to fund training and internships for 570 high school students and adults who need to increase their job skills or achieve an industry certification.
NCIEDP is the collective effort of individuals and organizations from Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties dedicated to improving the communities and economy of North Central Indiana. Through cooperation and collaboration, the North Central Region successfully links business, government, industry, education, and technology to excel in the global marketplace. www.nciedp.com
NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA RECEIVES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT GRANT
December 3, 2015
Howard County – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has awarded a $250,000 Workforce Development Program (WDP) grant to Howard County in support of the North Central Indiana Regional Workforce Development Program.
Howard County and its North Central partners, Cass, Fulton, Miami and Tipton counties, will utilize the grant funding for the implementation of new training programs to address the skills needs of the local workforce within the region. The North Central Indiana Regional Workforce Development Program focuses on providing basic skills education, machining skills training and maintenance skills training for incumbent workers of employers operating within the North Central region.
North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council President and Howard County Commissioner Tyler
Moore commented on his excitement at this announcement
“Even though the newly-formed NCIRPC has already experienced a number of small awards for some of its partner members, this announcement of the Workforce development grant demonstrates the type of achievements our 6 partner county members anticipated with our collaboration. I couldn’t be more proud of the recent successes this partnership has achieved!”
Fellow Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman stated, “We are excited by this announcement. We
understand how critical a qualified workforce is to the private-sector and how that plays a role in the
growth of our community.”
“This is the culmination of elected officials, economic development professionals, workforce and
education leaders, and our local industries working together to address the common issue of workforce
development,” said Steven Ray, Executive Director of the North Central Indiana Regional Planning
Council. “We see this as the initial phase of an on-going effort to attract and retain a qualified workforce to
sustain and grow our businesses and industries.”
OCRA awarded a total of $2 million in workforce development grants to 8 recipients across the State. The
North Central program will begin in the summer of 2016 and run through 2017.
L to R – Paul Wyman, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Tyler Moore
PERU CELEBRATES PBIF GRANT
December 7, 2015
Photo: L to R – Mayor Jim Walker, Jackie Gray, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann
Peru, Indiana – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) awarded a $39,023 Place Base Investment Fund (PBIF) grant to the City of Peru in support of the Maconaquah Park Amphitheater Project. Today, the City and OCRA celebrated that award and OCRA’s 10-year Anniversary.
Peru received one of the 11 PBIF’s awarded earlier this summer. Mayor Jim Walker and Clerk-Treasurer Jackie Gray joined Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann on stage to receive the award. The amphitheater will serve as another community amenity for the residents and visitors of Peru by providing a state-of-the-art Facility for music and theater performances.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the City,” Walker said. “This amphitheater will attract new visitors to the City and enhance the quality of life of our residents.”
The City partnered with Miami County Tourism, First Farmer’s Bank and Trust, Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Miami County Economic Development Authority, North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council, PNC Foundation, and the First Bank of Berne to complete the project.
The amphitheater is currently under construction and is expected to be open by the end of the month.
NCIRPC HOLDS THE INDIANA REGIONAL CITIES FORUM
The North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council hosted the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative Forum today on the Indiana University Kokomo campus. Erik Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, spoke to community leaders from Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties regarding the Initiative.
The Regional Cities Initiative is a program designed to generate economic growth through strategic investments to attract a talented and skilled workforce and in quality of place initiatives. Indiana Governor Mike Pence allocated $84 million in the 2016 and 2017 budget for the program and Indiana House Bill 1403, establishing the funding mechanism, is currently going through the legislative process.
Mr. Doden stated, “We’re encouraging each region to come up with an investable plan of specific projects that will improve their quality of place to attract and retain their talent and businesses”. He further explained it was up to communities to define their regions and this must be a grassroots strategy to be successful.
“The North Central region is coming together just as state and federal agencies increasingly look to invest in regional impacting projects,” said Steven Ray, Executive Director of the North Central Regional Planning Council. “Our region has aligned itself with this trend and the strategies outlined in the Regional Cities Initiative.”
Howard County Commissioner, Tyler Moore said, “All of our communities are working to address the population decline and to attract talent. This Initiative moves those challenges to forefront of our community conversations.”
NCIRPC INTRODUCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council (NCIRPC) is pleased to introduce Steven Ray as the organization’s first Executive Director. Steven joins the NCIRPC after spending the last eight years with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
NCIRPC is made up of six north central counties - Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton. Its mission is to build stronger local and regional economies to enhance the quality of life throughout the region. “Steven’s experience in community development and established professional network made him a natural fit for the Director’s position,” said Board President Tyler Moore. NCIRPC will provide communities with greater access to resources, professional services and programs to increase the capacity of local leaders to engage in community development activities. “North Central has always been home to me,” said Ray. “I look forward to working with the community leaders throughout the region as we build for the future.”
With a focus on project planning, grant administration and program delivery, NCIRPC will employ a local first strategic approach, facilitate partnerships and engage outside resources to achieve the goals of the member communities. Steven received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Kokomo and his Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2004. He resides in Miami County with his wife, Tonia, has 4 children and 1 grandchild.
NEW NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL COUNCIL FORMED
The North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council will serve local communities with the purpose of “building stronger local and regional economies and enhancing the quality of life throughout the region,” according to its strategic plan. The new regional planning organization is made up of Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami and Tipton counties north central Indiana counties is set to begin operating this year.
In 2012, the six partner counties completed a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy that established the foundation for the organization. Two major goals of the organization are to promote regional collaboration with the partnering counties, and work to secure funding for individual county projects that benefit the region.
The partners expect the organization to be staffed with a permanent location secured by the end of the summer.